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‘Under the Pala Pala’: Episode 5

“Under the Pala Pala” is a video series that brings together Indigenous​ ocean advocates to discuss front-line conservation efforts across the United States.

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A “​pala pala” is a small structure in Chamorro culture that is used as shelter from the sun and rain. There is usually one on a farm or ranch, and after working all day, people come in for lunch to share conversations and laughs. “Under the Pala Pala” is a video series that brings together Indigenous​ ocean advocates to discuss front-line conservation efforts across the United States.

The final episode of Season 1 explores the theme of allyship through interviews with three individuals who have been working closely with Indigenous communities to designate marine-protected areas. Dr. Lauren Divine from the Aleut Community of Saint Paul Island; P.J. Webb with the Northern Chumash Tribal Council; and Laurie Peterka with the Friends of the Mariana Trench talk about their experiences as Indigenous allies and how others can support Indigenous-led conservation efforts.

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Authors

Margaret Cooney

Campaign Manager

Angelo Villagomez

Senior Fellow

Producers

Hai-Lam Phan

Senior Director, Creative

Ala Al Sadi

Former Former Video Producer

Charlie Schuyler

Video Intern

Toni Pandolfo

Video Producer, Production

Team

Conservation Policy

We work to protect our lands, waters, ocean, and wildlife to address the linked climate and biodiversity crises. This work helps to ensure that all people can access and benefit from nature and that conservation and climate investments build a resilient, just, and inclusive economy.

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This image is a graphic depicting an illustrated pala pala, or a small structure used as shelter from the sun and rain, with two figures beneath it, with the sun setting over water and mountains in the background.

In this video series, Indigenous advocates join Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Angelo Villagomez to discuss front-line conservation efforts across the United States. A “pala pala” is a small structure in Chamorro culture that is used as shelter from the sun and rain. There is usually one on a farm or ranch, and after working all day, people come in for lunch to share conversations and laughs. Season 1 focused on six themes of Indigenous-led conservation: identity, knowledge, values, responsibility, advocacy, and allyship.

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